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Getting Immediate Mental Health Care

Emergency Situations

If you find yourself in an emergency situation, for example, an individual believes s/he will harm her/himself or others, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

Non-Emergency Situations

In a non-emergency situation, it is helpful to talk with a trained professional to sort out what is taking place and to suggest the best source for help.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call toll-free at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

  • Primary care manager (PCM) – can refer TRICARE Prime beneficiaries to the most appropriate resource.
  • Chaplain –  a professional spiritual guide who understands first-hand the particular issues of soldier life. Many chaplains hold counseling degrees, provide couples and individual counseling, and are available at most military installations.
  • Military OneSource – available at 1-800-342-9647, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Soldiers and family member can receive up to 12 counseling sessions without a referral.
  • Real Warriors Campaign – features print materials and online resources, including stories of real service members who have sought treatment and maintained successful military or civilian careers.

Mental Health Care Benefits

Learn more about mental health benefits on TRICARE's Covered Services page.